House vs. Home

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the differences and similarities between 'house' and 'home'. I'm you've all wondered about them.

"House" vs. "Home" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both refer to a place in which someone lives. However, 'house' is more general and it refers to any kind of building used for shelter, whereas, 'home' is more subjective. In other words, one uses 'home' to refer to the place they live in in a sense that shows belonging.


'Home' is a rather subjective term used to show where someone lives. It is where one feels safe and calm. Look at the following examples:

Call me when you get home.

Home is where you feel safe. It can sometimes be a person.

'House' is a more general term referring to a place in which some people live. Let us take a look below:

All the houses along the road are to be destroyed.

It's not that the location of the house is not important.


Both are used to show the place in which some people live. Check out the following examples:

He grabbed an ax and started tearing the house all the way down.

Running away from home is not always a good idea.

Are They Interchangeable?

Most people use them interchangeably. However, note that sometimes the sentence will be grammatically incorrect if we use them interchangeably. Compare:

✓ I'm home, mom.

X I'm house, mom.

As you can see, this one is grammatically incorrect.


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